Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dark Horse Comics and Kitchen Sink Book Bring Back "Trump" (The Good One)


MILWAUKIE, Ore.—Long before America’s president-elect, there was Trump, the groundbreaking 1950s satire magazine from MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman and Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner. Trump: The Complete Collection: Essential Kurtzman Volume Two is a full-color, 184-page hardcover that includes both of the highly sought after printed issues of Trump, now available for the first time in sixty years, as well as the never-before-seen third issue. The collection is designed by C. S. Fossett and edited by Denis Kitchen and John Lind.

“This is like unearthing King Tut’s tomb for comics fans,” said Denis Kitchen, who wrote the essays and annotations for the collection. “A surprising amount of amazing material for the unpublished third issue survived in Kurtzman’s archives and can finally be seen!”

When editor and artist Kurtzman became acquainted with Hefner during the 1950s, they decided to join forces to create Trump, a far more ambitious, wide-ranging, and colorful magazine than the black-and-white MAD. Supported by an unlimited budget from Hefner, Kurtzman recruited artists Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth, and Russ Heath, and writers including Mel Brooks.

Hefner pulled the plug after only two issues had been printed and as a third was well into production. He later quipped, “I gave Harvey Kurtzman an unlimited budget, and he exceeded it.”

Trump: The Complete Collection: Essential Kurtzman Volume Two is priced at $29.99 and is now available from Kitchen Sink Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics. Find out more at

About Dark Horse
For thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

About Kitchen Sink Books
Founded in 2013 by pioneering alternative publisher Denis Kitchen (of Kitchen Sink Press) and award-winning designer/editor John Lind, Kitchen Sink Books is an exclusive imprint of Dark Horse Comics focusing on archival collections, art books, and large format editions. Titles released under the Kitchen Sink Press imprint include Frank Miller's Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curator's Collection, The Best of Comix Book, Popular Skullture, REALMS: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi, and The Essential Kurtzman series.


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